The late George Harrison -- who loved to record and happened to have a top-notch recording studio in his home for many years -- left behind a wealth of demos and early versions of songs that went on to be considered classics. Ten of these recordings appear on Early Takes Volume 1, which will be released May 1 by Hip-O Records to coincide with the DVD/Blu-ray release of Martin Scorsese's 2011 Harrison biopic, Living In The Material World.
Levon Helm, the Arkansas-born multi-instrumentalist and vocalist whose unforgettable voice graced some of The Band's biggest hits, died yesterday in Woodstock, New York, after a long battle with cancer. He was 71.
For me, the ailing Levon Helm's greatest moment with The Band is their cover of Bob Dylan's "When I Paint My Masterpiece" from 1971's Cahoots. While it was already common for other artists to perform Dylan's own songs better than he did, Helm's performance on "Masterpiece" is truly one of a kind.
Tom Morello is one of nearly 80 musicians who took part in Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs Of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International, a new art project from Amnesty International honoring the music of Bob Dylan.